What are the possible liability factors for ED physicians treating abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Saum A Rahimi, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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If the AAA ruptures and shock ensues, morbidity and mortality increase dramatically. Emergency physicians have been held liable for failure to diagnose AAA and obtain appropriate consultation in these situations. Therefore, a high index of suspicion is necessary if this medical-legal pitfall is to be avoided.

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